TUESDAY, APRIL 06, 2010
Baseball falls to No. 8 Florida, 12-2
After a good offensive outing last week, the Dolphin bats went silent as the JU baseball team fell to No. 8 Florida, 12-2, Tuesday evening at McKethan Stadium.
JU (16-14) dropped to 1-10 on the year when not hitting a home run while UF (21-7) pounded out a game-high 14 hits.
“We have been riding high offensively the past few games but we couldn’t get anything going tonight,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Hopefully we got our bad game out of the way and we can get things going again this weekend against ETSU.”
Senior Glenn Witkowski (2-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits with two strikeouts in three innings.
Greg Larson (1-0) got the win after allowing two unearned runs on three hits with two strikeouts in three innings of a pre-determined start.
Freshman designated hitter Adam Brett Walker led the Dolphin offense by going 2-for-4.
Brian Johnson led the Gators at the plate by finishing 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.
The Gators took a 4-0 lead in the second when Jonathan Pigott hit a two-run triple, a run scored on a fielding error and another run crossed the plate in a run-down between first and second.
The Dolphins cut the deficit to 4-2 in the third when a run scored on a fielding error and freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen hit a sacrifice fly to center.
Junior catcher Alex Swenson and sophomore third baseman Jimmy Howick each tallied a base hit to lead off the inning. After both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt to the mound by senior shortstop Derek Abis, senior second baseman Chuck Opachich loaded the bases with a single towards the third base line. In the next at-bat, Murphy hit a slow chop back to Larson but his throw to the plate was dropped by catcher Mike Zunino to allow Swenson to score. Gulbransen followed with a fly to right center to plate Howick.
UF increased the lead to 5-2 in the fifth when Matt den Dekker drove in a run with a ground out to second.
The Gators made it 10-2 in the sixth after scoring five runs on four hits in the inning. UF increased the margin to 11-2 in the seventh when Brian Johnson led off with a solo shot to left center. UF would add another run in the eighth when Johnson hit an RBI single to left.
The Dolphins will next host ETSU for a three game set at John Sessions Stadium beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The first game can be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action or can be followed on Live Stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.